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Chocolate Of Course

  Back in my teaching days, I went to Oaxaca, Mexico to research Mexican chocolate for an interactive unit for high school students.  Just ask me about Mexican chocolate and its lore and I could talk for hours.  Better yet, stop by for a cup of it.  Yes, a hot drinking cup of it that …

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Cookie Stamps of Approval

It never takes long to run out of homemade cookies.  I have to admit to a prior habit of mine–two cookies with my coffee in the morning.  Sometimes it counted as breakfast, sometimes it didn’t. Along came an extra 10 pounds–not of cookies–of me.  Honestly, I eat a pretty healthy diet, low in fat, small …

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Flea Market Finds close to the Hammock

  The Hammock is conveniently located between 2 flea markets. The Daytona Flea Market is well known to tourists and residents of Flagler and Volusia counties and can be found due south on I 95 approximately 30 miles from Palm Coast.  Daytona 500 enthusiasts and Bike Week participants will find a plethora of memorabilia during those events.  Beach …

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It’s Oatmeal Time

  When daytime temperatures hover in the 50s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s, it’s winter in Florida and it’s winter to me.  Hard to believe that I grew up in Wisconsin and went out skiing when it was 30 degrees below 0.  That was then, this is now.  Add to that the darn cholesterol …

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Can’t stop those lemons

  I have to admit it.  Last week’s forecast of a hard freeze for our area had me worried.  We covered our Hong Kong Orchid which had grown to a small tree along with our passion flower vine and brought in the papaya and pepper plant seedlings.  The herbs, I knew, could fend for themselves …